Giants Among Men and Women

As we have settled into our new home we have had the chance to get to know the area and what it all has to offer.  By far one of the most unique parts of Park City is the Olympic Training Center.  In the last 2 weeks I have met and gotten to train alongside Olympic Athletes from the United States, Australia, Austria, and other countries. I have also gotten to meet and train alongside some of the biggest names in Big Mountain Skiing.  As far as gym time goes for these athletes you very quickly find it easy to figure out which athletes in the gym are on an Olympic Team and who is training themselves for action sports from a professional or recreational enjoyment. Travis gets approached almost daily while training and is asked if she is an olympic athlete but no other moms are getting the same questions.  Here’s the reason why and the differences Ive seen among the training of these awesome athletes.

Training Norms of Olympic Athletes in Park City

1. Mobility and activation drills of some kind

2. Dynamic work in the form of plyometrics or olympic lifting

3. HEAVY Back Squats, Front Squats, Deadlifts, and Push/Pull variations

4. Heavy unilateral and supplementary work

5. REST PERIODS (by far this is the most standout difference. These lean strong badass athletes are taking 2-5minutes between their sets)

Training Norms for the Pro Training Themselves or the Recreational Mtn Athlete

1. Warmup – usually involving a fast row or talking about what they are doing that day, while still trying to figure it out

2. Stacking a stability ball on top of a box and jumping up onto it to balance

3. Some very light barbell complex that actually varies each time

4. Some sort of fast paced metcon

Now I am not saying anything to the extent that one is right and one is wrong. I have my opinions on how I prep athletes for their sports and it works for us. I am simply pointing out what I see on a daily basis in a training facility that caters to world class athletes from around the world. And the only difference is that there are some athletes training with a coach and programming and others doing it on their own.  For some reason the athletes that we see that aren’t working with a coach feel that it is totally unnecessary to lift heavy and follow a structured plan.  We are going to have the chance to sit down and talk with some of these Olympic Athletes over the next few weeks and I couldn’t be more stoked to hear about it from their point of view.  There is a large gap and misconception of the importance of strength training around the action sports community and we hope to do our part to bridge that gap.

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